Below you will find a selection of my choral works.

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WE WERE NOT READY (2018)

For SATB choir. Approximate duration: 9 minutes 10 seconds.

Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

In August 2017, my beautiful grandfather Arturs passed away. This piece opened up a space in which I could explore and express my grief surrounding the loss of one of the most significant people in my life. He was one of the first people to ever meet me only moments after I was born, and I was one of the last people to witness the life inside his body before he passed away. Through this work I wanted to communicate the raw, unimaginable heartbreak that surrounds the process of watching someone go through the final moments of life.

The premiere performance of this work took place in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on the 29th April, 2018.

 

do you remember (2018)

For junior choir (S+A) and piano. Approximate duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums whilst composer in residence with SCC.

This piece explores the history of Vaucluse House and the family that lived there, and tells the story of Sarah Wentworth's longing for her family to be home together once more.

 

THE LION OF SYDNEY (2018)

For junior choir (treble) and piano. Approximate duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums whilst composer in residence with SCC.

This cheeky little piece was composed for the SCC Minisingers and Junior Training Choirs. Inspired by a little cast iron lion that lives beneath the grand staircase in the saloon of Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney, The Lion of Sydney makes sure everyone knows not to tread or clap too loudly, as we wouldn’t want to wake the lion that has been sleeping for hundreds of years!

 

THE LOST GARDEN (2018)

For junior choir (S+A) and piano. Approximate duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums whilst composer in residence with SCC.

This piece was inspired by stories of Alexander Macleay's paradise like gardens which surrounded his home now called Elizabeth Bay House. Mr. Macleay was well known for his interest in both native and exotic flora, and we can thank him for introducing new plant species such as the jacaranda tree to Australia's landscape. His family home which can still be visited today is large and grand, and showcases the most majestic staircase that sweeps right up to the ceiling. This piece is dedicated to Mr. Macleay's magical garden, which he spent 8 years creating before building the family home.

 

AI, ZALAJA LIDACINA (2017)

For SATB choir. Approximate duration: 9 minutes.

This piece was composed for the Sydney Philhamonia Choirs Chamber Choir in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural National Women Composers’ Development Program (2016-17).

The work is centred around a Latvian folk song of the same name.

The premiere performance of this piece took place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on the 5th August, 2017.

 

STAVI STIVI, OZOLIN (2017)

For SSAATTBB vocal ensemble or choir. Approximate duration: 6 minutes 50 seconds.

This piece was originally composed for four vocalists of the Song Company in conjunction with the Gondwana National Composer School of 2017. It has since been revised to accommodate a larger ensemble of 8 individual lines.

The work, inspired by Lutheran chorales (particularly Out of the Deep I Cry to Thee), is based on a traditional Latvian folk text which depicts a big storm boastfully threatening to break the boughs of an oak tree. The song pleads for the oak tree to allow the wind to flow through its branches as to not be harmed by its force. To me, this verse is a beautiful metaphor for life. It emphasises the importance of being vulnerable and courageous, and to practice acceptance and looking forward. To me this piece acts as a prayer that assures peace if one only lets go of that which torments him.

 

i wonder (2017)

For SSAAB junior choir, percussion and piano. Approximate duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds.

This piece was originally composed in conjunction with the Gondwana National Composer School and was later revised under commission by Young Adelaide Voices.

Have you ever found yourself gazing up at the sky on a clear dark night - the stars twinkling and shining brightly... Wondering what it would be like to travel to the moon? This piece was inspired by my love for our sky in all its phases, and by my growing interest in our solar system and the films which explore its magic.

 

AR DIEVINU (2015)

For SATB choir. Approximate duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds.

Commissioned by Latvian choir Pernigele.

Music: Ella Macens. Lyrics: Aina Andersone, my grandmother.

Recording: Performed by the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) choir in Rīga, Latvia in October 2016.

 

AT THE ZOO (2015)

For treble choir and piano. Approximate duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds.

Commissioned by Trinity Grammar School whilst composer in residence.

This cheeky piece tells the story of zoo animals who sleep all day whilst their visitors are watching and party all night when no one is around.